Issue date: 16 November 2009
The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Sir Ian Carruthers OBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to health and well being in the South West, as demonstrated in his leadership role in the transformational change in South West Health Services which is consistent with the aims of the University.
The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Bristol Cathedral on Wednesday 18 November at 17.00.
Ian James Carruthers was brought up in Carlisle and attended Carlisle Grammar School. He commenced his career in the National Health Service (NHS) at Garlands Hospital, Carlisle, in 1969 as a trainee administrator, before subsequently holding posts in Barnsley, Blackpool, Southend, Portsmouth and Plymouth. From 1987 to 2006 Ian Carruthers held a succession of senior Health Authority posts with the Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire Health Authorities.
During 1994, Ian Carruthers was seconded to the South and West Regional Health Authority as Regional General Manager and Regional Director of the NHS Executive. He was seconded in 2004/5 to the Department of Health on a part-time basis as the Transitional Director of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
Ian Carruthers received a Knighthood in the 2003 New Year's Honours List, for services to the NHS. In March 2006, Sir Ian took over as Acting Chief Executive of the NHS and was responsible for the running of the NHS which is amongst the largest organisations in the world, having 1.3 million employees and a budget in excess of £100 billion.
Currently Sir Ian is the Chief Executive of the South West Strategic Health Authority. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, where he has been lead author on several papers on reviewing and improving the NHS.
Sir Ian has undertaken a range of national tasks which most recently has included a review of service reconfiguration and co-authoring a report on age discrimination in health and social care.